SACKVILLE, N.B. – Property owners within Sackville’s municipal heritage conservation areas have been taking advantage of funding that is available for restoration projects on their homes or businesses.
Six grants have been awarded this summer to help local home and business owners make improvements or renovations to their properties, including new roofing, painting, replacing deteriorated materials, and installing latticework.
The grant program is in its first year with a $15,000 budget, with the heritage board approving and disbursing the funds.
To date, said town councillor Ron Corbett, about 65 per cent of the grant funding has been doled out, with $8,900 being spent so far, “and we expect all of that money to be used up by the end of the year.
The town’s heritage board established the grant program earlier this year in order to assist property owners who are undertaking preservation or rehabilitation projects that relate to the requirements under the municipal heritage bylaw. The bylaw, which came into effect in 2011, designated two municipal heritage conservation areas within Sackville, consisting of sections of Bridge Street, Main Street and York Street. Property owners who fall within those designated areas are now required to follow specific guidelines and criteria when undertaking exterior renovations and additions.